A roster of directors will helm productions for Ensemble Studio Theatre's 38th Marathon of One-Act Plays. The festival, curated by Co-Artistic Directors Mike Lew (Teenage Dick) and Colette Robert (Behind the Sheet) and celebrating the work of BIPOC artists, will run October 16-November 13.
Directors Sivan Battat, Dominic Colón, nicHi Douglas, Chika Ike, Cameron Knight, Rebecca Martinez, Jonathan McCrory, Jess McLeod, Keenan Tyler Oliphant, Erin Tripp, and Elizabeth Van Dyke have all joined this year's productions
Ten plays will be presented across two different series from at Ensemble Studio Theare's Mainstage. Series A will include Harron Atkins' Still..., Vivian J.O. Barnes' Intro To, Dominic Colón's Prospect Avenue or The Miseducation of Juni Rodriguez, Cusi Cram's Los Complicados, and Shannon Tyo's Younger Battles the Possible Ghost. Series B will feature Bleu Beckford-Burrell's Tr@k Grls (pt1), Yussef El Guindi's Brass Knuckles, Keiko Green's Prepared, Goldie E. Patrick's Breath of Life: A choreoplay of Black Love, and a.k. payne's blooms.
An 11th play, Yan Tután, will be streamed October 23-November 13 in collaboration with Perseverance Theatre.
This year's marathon is entirely by BIPOC artists—from playwrights and directors to designers and technicians. The biennial festival began in 1977, and has featured works by Horton Foote, Romulus Linney, Christopher Durang, Richard Greenberg, Aaron Sorkin, Julia Cho, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Amy Herzog, Qui Nguyen, Taylor Mac, and more. In 2015, Martyna Majok presented her play Cost of Living, which went on to win the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. The work began its debut Broadway run September 13 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
For more information, visit EnsembleStudioTheatre.org.